I am fortunate enough to be taking an Advanced Building Science class at the University of Minnesota this semester. One of the required texts is particularly helpful, easy to read and full of practical advice for building in cold climates. Although I am not currently renovating or building a home, I feel a responsibility to share the information in this book with those of you who are building or remodeling.
Builder's Guide to Cold Climates by Joseph Lstiburek is a practical guide to building homes in northern climates. In Lstiburek's own words, the guide is:
"A systems approach to designing and building homes that are safe, healthy, durable, comfortable, energy efficient and environmentally responsible."
Read Lstiburek's top ten lists to get an idea of the valuable information you will find in the Builder's Guide. If you don't live in the north Lstiburek also writes guides for other climate zones.
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